Christmas Blood (2017)

Director: Reinert Kiil

Writer: Reinert Kiil (Screenplay)

Starring: Stig Henrik Hoff, Jorgen Langhelle, Sondre Krogtoft Larsen, Frank Kjosas, Truls Svendsen

 

Plot: Murderer gets caught after terrorizing and killing people during Christmas night for past 13 years in Norway. After being in solitary for almost 6 years, psychopath escapes couple days before Christmas night. Police tracks next target of the psychopath to be in small village in the northernmost part of Norway. Group of friends are having reunion in the same village and unexpectedly end up being in part of Santa’s plan. 

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Bloody Christmas MOvie

 

Story: Christmas Blood starts as detective Thomas Rasch (Hoff) shoots the notorious serial that has murder 121 people over 13 years, every Christmas, this was in 2011. It is now 2016 and the killer has been locked up since the attacks.

CID agent Terje Hansen (Larsen) has being trying to learn from the killer which sees the aggression increase around Christmas time each year. Thomas is still investigating the list that has been made with over 300 names which the killer hasn’t finishes checking off. A group of friends celebrating together in a remote village, giving them a chance for drinks, but their quiet Christmas is about to become a nightmare when the killer escapes hoping to check off more names on his list.

 

Thoughts on Christmas Blood

 

Characters – Thomas Rasch is the detective that hunted down the killer for 13 years and wanted to make sure he was dead, by putting bullets in him when they finally captured him. He has been watching over the names on the list believing he has made a mistake and he gets to make up for his mistakes when the killer escapes. Terje is the CID agent that must race against time to recapture the killer after he escapes. We have our killer to whom is aggressive at Christmas and has been targeting a certain list of names, he escapes prison in an attempt to continue to check off the names. The have the killer, we now need some victims and this is where the group of friends are involved as they try to have a quiet Christmas together.

PerformancesThe performances in the film are good with Stig Henrik Hoff being the grief-stricken detective wanting to make up for not finishing the job and Sondre Krogtoft Larsen matching him during the investigation. When it comes to the women playing the victims they are mostly interchangeable for what they are doing in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a serial killer that targets people in his list at Christmas escaping prison to continue on his spree to complete his list, he has new victims lined up and it is up to the detective that stopped him before to stop him again. This does play out like every slasher movie we have seen, which is good if you want to see films like that. It gives us an opening that shows the high body count the killer is capable of too, meaning we could see him in action plenty more times. I do think the party side of the story is overly long though because we just don’t get enough investment in these characters, when we get focus on the police dealing with their own problems.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from the bloodshed which is a lot making this feel like a true bloody slasher it is planning to be, we do get one scene which is the bloodiest to watch too.

SettingsThe film takes us to Norway where the killer has been racking up the numbers, this latest spree takes him to a remote village to collect his latest victims one that is isolated from the rest of the country.

Special EffectsThe effects in the movie are good because we get to see the full amount of blood flying around.


Scene of the Movie –
The blood covered death.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many characters in the cabin.

Final ThoughtsThis is a fun Christmas horror movie, we get plenty of blood which shows us the true slasher feeling.

 

Overall: Christmas bloodbath.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Anticipated for 2019 – J

ABC Film Challenge

Anticipated for 2019

J

The year 2018 is coming to a close and it is time to look ahead to the new year, through December the subject is the films I am looking forward to seeing, hopefully I will be able to select one film for each letter even if we dive into actors, directors or themes. Join in if you want and let’s get this conversation going about the next hopefully wonderful year in film.

Joker

StarsJoaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz

SynopsisPlot kept under wraps. Film will center on how the popular comic book villain known as The Joker came to be.

The Main Reason I Want to See ItThis is a movie that brings back The Joker, Batman’s biggest nemesis, this time we look at his origin more which should show us how he became the crazed criminal we all know and love.

Release Date (UK)4th October 2019

Jumanji 2

StarsDwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, Kevin Hart

SynopsisUnknown

The Main Reason I Want to See ItJumanji Welcome to the Jungle was a film that surprised everyone, no one thought it would be as fun as it was and by the end of its cinema run it had place in the top 4 above all of the Marvel Cinematic movies in 2017. While nothing is known about this movie, I just want to see the next adventure these characters go on.

Release Date (UK)13th December 2019